Telscombe Cliffs death plunge man identified

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THE DRIVER who plunged 300ft to his death from a cliff top was identified as Mark Samworth, 45, of no fixed address, by Sussex Police.

He was in a Ford Mondeo estate car as it left the road in Telscombe Cliffs and landed on its roof in a rock pool.

Emergency services descended on the scene in South Coast Road near the Badger’s Watch on Wednesday January 19.

Sussex Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Officers were alerted at 3.50pm by a report of the vehicle going through two fences and over the edge.

They were joined by specialist fire officers, a fire crew from Newhaven, a technical rescue unit and rope rescue teams from Battle and Bexhill.

Four specialist maritime trained crew were taken down to the car by HM Coastguard helicopter.

Using specialist equipment they assisted with recovering the body of a man from the wreckage.

There were no other people inside the car.

Mr Samworth was declared dead at the scene.

Fire crews eventually left the area at around 7.15pm.